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Los Angeles Plays Itself -- A film by Thom Andersen.

A Cinema Guild Release.

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Thom Andersen (text)
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A documentary on how Los Angeles has been used and depicted in the movies. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 
Encke King ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Thom Andersen 
 
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Thom Andersen (text)

Produced by
Thom Andersen .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Deborah Stratman 
 
Film Editing by
Seung-Hyun Yoo 
 
Sound Department
Thor Moser .... sound
Craig Smith .... sound
 
Editorial Department
Peter Bo Rappmund .... addtional editing
 

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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating, 27 June 2004
Author: tezby from Zeguma Beach

You may have noticed other comments here saying that the film is long, boring and has a droning voice over. While it is 3 hours long and has a narrator with a voice like a sedated Billy Bob Thornton, Los Angeles Plays Itself is one of the most fascinating film-crit documentaries ever made.

The director assumes that the viewer has a certain level of understanding of film theory, and that would probably help when the narrator starts citing David Thomson, Pauline Kael, Dziga Veryov and Ozu, but it's not entirely necessary to enoy the film either. All you really need is an understanding that a real place - the city of Los Angeles - is also a fictional place - the LA of the movies. The documentary is like an extended home movie made up of clips from films and interspersed with sections created by the director.

What holds it all together is an examination of Los Angeles as a place in films (locations, buildings), as a stand in for other places (Africa, Switzerland), as a record of places lost (buildings, neighborhoods, people, cultures), as focus for nightmares and dreams (SF like Blade Runner and Independence Day) and more.

While the voice over could have been paced a little better and be bit more "up", this film really rewards viewers who are willing to accept the documentary on its own terms. I found I just couldn't stop thinking about it and now, when watching movies shot in LA, I keep remembering moments from Los Angeles Plays Itself.

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